How Can I Get a Flash Drive To Be Recognized in Both a Mac & Windows PC?

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  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    Hi guys,

    I have a ton of photos and videos to give to my buddy from a recent trip abroad...He has a Windows PC, while I have OSX. He's given me a flash drive, 16GB's to transfer all these files from my laptop to his. I have almost 60GB's worth of stuff so we'll most likely do this next to each other, passing the flash drive back & forth as we're each on our laptops.

    Way before I reinstalled Snow Leopard to prepare for Lion I had some sort of system preferences pane that allowed me MacBook Pro to read any Windows based flash drives, and let me insert and of my files onto this flash drive so any Windows PC could read this flash drive with my media from my MacBook Pro.

    Any help? Please, truly appreciated.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It all depends on the format. Here are your options:

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
      [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner backups of Mac internal hard drive.
      [*]To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
      [*]To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    If the drive is formatted as FAT both OS will be able to read/write it.
  4. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    Thank you so much. NTFS 3G was the one!

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